Trips » Photos of Wright Trips Around the World

After ten years I decide it was high time to head back to Guadalupe Island, Mexico and see what the sharks have been up to. This time I upgrade the trip and went on the great Nautilus Belle Amie with Nautilus Liveaboards. They are a great operation I’ve used before for other trips. Highly recommend their boats and service!

Getting there was a bit of an adventure as was coming home in these days of COVID and difficult boarder crossing but the action was worth it! See the highlight images here.

The Nautilus operation has both surface cages as well as submerged. Each offers a different experience and while both good I ended up with the most action at the surface. The wranglers on the boat are good at their jobs and draw the sharks in to the bait. This created opportunities for amazing sequences such as this one below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also checkout these compilations of Shark Wins and Shark Misses.

The trip itself as I said was an adventure with flying down to San Diego, meeting transport at Starbucks, drive to the boarder, clear immigration, drive down to Ensenada and wait to get a COVID test and board the boat. This was after keeping a week long temperature log and getting tested at home the week before. The return involved the same without the tests and without being driven across the boarder and instead having to walk it. Thank goodness for Global Entry which allow my companion and I to skip the hours long wait snaking through town.

Overall  IMO one of the best trips you can do!!

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Our tradition of a group sailing adventure was supposed to be 2020 following our 2018 Bahamas’ adventure and the 2016 BVI trip. Alas as the world knows, COVID. Everything down, entire countries closed and much suffering and death. After cocooning up at home from March of 2020 till August 2021 we were finally able to make a trip. All of us vaccinated and ready to travel, Croatia letting in vaccinated tourists only, it seemed like we could do this. As it turns out those few months were the only real window this year before the Delta variant shut everything down again. In retrospect we feel very lucky to have taken advantage of that window of opportunity.

Croatia is a beautiful welcoming place with great sailing, wonderful little bays, refreshing water and wonderful food. We used Navigare Yachting for this trip and I highly recommend them! They will be our go to charter operator from here on out. Unlike the problems we had in the Bahamas with our food order not being there and the poor maintenance on the boat Navigare was a breath of fresh air with their competence. The only hiccup was the delay in cleaning on our day of boarding which left Todd and I eating pizza at the dock while we waited with luggage while everyone else enjoyed a Micheline 4 Star restaurant that Diana had arranged. Welcome to travel 101!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spent a few days in Split before sailing. Very nice place to checkout for a few days.

The sailing was wonderful and our 23 yr old captain really knew his stuff and arranged for wonderful dinners at small family run restaurants with amazing food, all of it fresh and a lot of it right from the sea. This is one way they cook in these clay “bells”. Comes out very good!

Overall I can’t wait to go do it again and this time see more of Croatia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting home was an adventure with testing and document checks, etc. Getting the original flights booked was a challenge too with British canceling our flights 3 times. We finally gave up and booked Delta which turned out to be much more predictable.

Anchor’s away!

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In Nov of 2019 we journeyed back to Raja Ampat, Indonesia. A remote region in northeast Indonesia it is difficult to get to taking many days of travel by plane, car, ferry and boat. However the diving is some of the best in the world with abundant reefs and life. This trip reflected that but it also reflected change. When we were last here in 2010 there were probably a dozen dive boats in the whole area if that. Now they number over 200, up from 90 just two years ago. Also Indonesia progresses and that results in destruction of the environment. One memorable dive site from 9 years previously abundant with giant clams had none this trip. My recommendation is get here while you can, don’t wait.

Our journey involved flying from Seattle to Jakarta a day and a half overnight in Jakata, a redeye to Sorong, a day in the hotel lobby, a 3 hr ferry ride to another island and a zodiac ride out to the boat. This time however we brought friends in tow and had 4 others with us. Made for a fun trip and known folks! The boat was the Indo Siren, an awesome vessel and crew that we sailed with in Komodo just the year before on this trip.

Checkout some of the sunsets and underwater photography here.

On our way home we were going to be arriving home Monday of Thanksgiving week. To us that seemed like a was of travel so we extended our “layover” in Tokyo to six days and spent three checking out Tokyo and then taking the Nazomi bullet train down to Kyoto for three nights. An experiment that worked out wonderfully. We loved Japan! Definitely need to return.

Some photos from that journey here.

 

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Ever since our safari’s of 2012 we’ve been itching to get back to Africa and explore more of this rich, diverse, intriguing and mesmerizing continent. Namibia especially fascinated me with it’s miles of massive dunes and unforgiving desert environment where animals have adapted and still thrive. Going so far for one country wasn’t rational so after research we decided to start our trip with a few days in Cape Town, South Africa and then split our time between Namibia and Botswana for safari before ending with a 2 day visit to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

To put all this together is no a simple affair so we needed help. With the very sad death in 2017 of our regular travel planner and good fiend Jim Harlan we needed to find someone new. After our search we ended up back close to home and Ian Proctor, owner of Ultimate Africa Safaris, based in Issaquah, WA. Ian and his folks put together an awesome trip that put us at six different lodges and many different experiences. This involved transiting lodge to lodge by small bush plane and sometimes even a tiny helicopter! Strangely Red had no issue with the helicopter but the small planes were another matter. All in all we had 18 flights on this trip – 10 bush flights, 4 South African Airways and 4 Emirates.

We started our adventure via Emirates airlines through Dubai to Cape Town. I fear I have spoiled my wife forever given 25 hours of Emirate business class travel which we were able to cover with miles/points. We spent four nights in Cape Town to adjust and get ready for safari and to see this interesting city. The people and food were awesome and the scenery lovely. We tried to go see the “air jaws” great white sharks but they didn’t show this year and in fact last year as well, cause unknown but the conditions around the world as we travel continue to shift due to the changing climate.  You can see some of our Cape Town photos here for Brad’s and Red’s can be seen here. (Zimbabwe included in these pages as well)

After that stop over we headed to Namibia and spent 8 nights along the coast at three different lodges starting with Kulala Desert Lodge and the massive dunes of the Namib desert. Towering at up to 388 meters high and going for over 100 km they dwarf you quickly and inspire awe. Notice the photo to the right. Those dots on the ridge are *people*!! 

After the dunes we moved on to Desert Rhino Camp to try and track the nearly extinct black rhino. After several days of hard travel over an unforgiving terrain we found two on two consecutive days. Being solitary and roaming great distances this was a rare treat. From there we moved on to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Here the lions, elephants and other animals have adapted to the desert conditions and the sparse food but still can be found in good numbers. Unfortunately poachers continue to lower their numbers and 7 lions were killed in one night while we were there. It’s terrible the decline of many of the animals in Africa especially in the last decade due to massive increases in poaching. I missed part of this stay as I was down sick for several days and Red went on game drives without me to see the haunting skeleton coast of Namibia.

We ended our time in Namibia in the interior at Ongava Tented Camp. Here we saw much wildlife with the highlight being the white rhino. The 8.5 year drought has made it so they have to truck food in to keep the rhino’s from dying. Red’s photo’s of Namibia are here. Brad’s are here.

After transiting for a night through Johannesburg we arrived in Botswana at African Bush Camps – Linyanti Bush Camp. Positioned along a marsh the wildlife was right at our doorstep, sometimes literally with the lions and elephants coming through camp at night. The massive herd of elephants and the two local young male lions were the highlight here.

 

After Linyanti we moved by helicopter to African Bush Camps Khwai Tented Camp at the edge of the delta. Here the elephants and hippos came right into camp, sometimes even during the day! Here the highlights were the leopards and lions. Coming right up to and past our trucks they were an impressive sight!

Red’s photo’s of Botswana are here with Brad’s on this page.

 

 

We ended our trip with a visit to Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls. Such a very impressive feature of the planet! We end with a two night stay in the lovely 100+ year old Victoria Falls Hotel. The falls pictures are on the pages for Cape Town above.

Our journey home was long, 36 hours, but past quickly while the memories of all we saw and experienced danced through our heads. It didn’t hurt when Emirates upgraded me to first class for free on the last 15 hour flight. My gracious wife said – “enjoy!”.

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So short post and just a couple of photos.  We wanted to do something simple but nice for our 10th anniversary and we found it 5 hours away at Cannon Beach, Oregon. And one of things that made it special was the Stephanie Inn which is right on the beach itself with amazing views of haystack rock and the ocean. The folks there know how to make things special with wonderful breakfasts, setting up beach bonfires and shuttles to town in a Tesla. The onsite restaurant is awesome and the evening cocktails a nice touch.

We also were lucky enough to be there the weekend of the sand castle competition too.

Overall a wonderful time and place. Definitely something everyone should keep on the to do list.

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